Quarterly Newsletter – August 2020
by Paul Beard, on Aug 26, 2020 11:13:31 AM
And so, it continues……...just when you thought it might be safe to resume some semblance of normal life this damnable coronavirus rears its ugly head again. Countries, such as New Zealand, which honestly thought it had beaten the bug have found it springing back into life.
This time of year is historically quiet for us, so I do not have a great deal to share with you; life continues much as normal for ABG from a business perspective with most of our staff still home based. So far this has worked as well as we might have expected, but we are reviewing our return to office options on a regular basis.
During July we welcomed Colin Nicol to our Head Office team, as Pension and Business Development Director and whilst primarily engaged in the employee benefits side of the business, Colin will be adding value to our wealth management team as well. Colin has a wealth of experience and knowledge we can draw on and I am delighted he chose to join us.
In Germany, ABIB have upgraded our representation to a full branch under the direction of Rudy Blaich, the previous country manager.
In our UK employee benefits team, Nikkie Richards joins us from September 1st as Group Scheme Administrator.
We have also strengthened our Head Office finance team with the appointment of Jen Maslin as Accounts Assistant in the revenue team.
In the investment world, major stockmarkets continue to confound expectations, fuelled partly by continued low interest rates, with strong recent upswings recently from the S&P 500 and FTSE.
Our various offices around the world continue to perform strongly and we continue to seek new opportunities.
I hope you all continue to stay safe and well.
Paul. D. Beard
Founder and Executive Chairman